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Author of Rob Vollman's Hockey Abstract, and co-author of four annual Hockey Prospectus Guides.
Innovator of many advances in analytics including Player Usage Charts, Quality Starts, Setup Passes, and League Translations
Featured writer on ESPN Insider and Hockey Prospectus since 2009, and Bleacher Report since 2013.
Radio guest in eight NHL cities, podcasts in three cities, and on Hockey Night in Canada radio
Hi Hacobo, I'd say it was the 1970s Canadiens and the late 90s Red Wings. I actually enjoyed the late 80s Flyers too. Among today's teams the Hawks are really fun to watch.
Dear Rob, who is your favourite team?
Thanks Kent. Good question. Perhaps in a future book I'll look at who is the greatest goal scorer. Then I can use the same approach, and look for playmakers who had unusually high assist totals. It won't find Backstrom, of course, since he played several seasons with Ovechkin. But it might find other "one-hit wonders" whose assists totals were boosted by a great sniper.
Rob. I wanted to bring to your attention something I've been thinking about. There was mention in your abstract of great set-up men boasting their line-mates point totals, primarily in the form of goals. What I wanted to bring up, and I apologize if I missed this, is the possibility that great goal scorers are bringing up the assist totals of their line-mates. Both these concepts are possibly obvious, great players make their teammates better. As an example think of Ovechkin and Backstrom. Who is making who better?
Thanks Kent, I'm glad the book hit the mark. It was truly a labour of love.
There's direct contact information on my Hockey Abstract website if you have any questions.
I purchased your "hockey abstract" and was very satisfied, good work! I have some questions that I would love to have your insight on. I wondered if there was a better way than asking through this bulletin board, maybe you should host a chat room once a week on your site.
Thanks for your comments and opinions Bob, I appreciate that.
I think the Rangers are a solid team and one of the legitimate Stanley Cup contenders to come out of the Eastern Conference this year.
There are certainly things that occur on a day-to-day basis in the locker room and/or on the ice, but I'm obviously not equipped to comment on those (and beware anyone who says he is). That being said, the Rangers have a roster of some highly professional, experienced and talented athletes, and should be able to adapt and respond to whatever challenges may arise.
PS- Rob I am sorry, but I forgot to say I love your work and your slant on things hockey related. That should have been my first sentence. BE WELL!
Good Evening Rob: When I go on any sites re Ranger trade rumors or any possible trades in the works, I always wind up with guys(and gals) who want to trade Lundquist for two pucks and a donut, or someone else who thinks Justin Falk is Justin Faulk. I am no genius nor can I sit down after a game and tell you who did what and when. I do know that right now I do not like what I see as far as Ranger's lack of size and toughness(I am not just talking fighting). I think losing Prust hurt this team. I contend that just about any team in the league can run Nash, Stephan, Kreider and any one else you can name including Lundquist and not fear any REAL retaliation. I am not looking for bench clearing brawls,I would like a couple of players who have some respect in this league. Sestito hit someone the other day and said to the Ranger bench basically "what are you going to do about it"? He also taps Nash"s stick while Nash is on bench. Our answer was Derek Dorsett( I have no problem with Dorsett, I just think he is all alone as our answer to the Lucic's of the NHL. Do you see anything positive on the Ranger horizon? Sometimes I think they should switch the WOLFPACK and the RANGERS for one night and see what happens(only kidding), but I think you get my point(AND QUITE A LONG POINT IT IS ISN'T IT). Sorry about rambling but this is a very strange make up of players that I do not see going very far and it is only December. Again, I apologize for this WAR AND PEACE sized rant, but I do not know who else to ask. Slats does not return my tweets and James Dolan refuses to return my calls. I am completely nonplussed. THANK YOU for your time and BE WELL!
Thanks Jamey. Hockey analytics is definitely an acquired taste. Early on it looks like nonsense, and it takes time to see its value.
And yes Eric, this truly is a job for the humble. You have to believe in your work and put it out there, even when everyone thinks you will fail, and then learn from whatever predictions that you will inevitably get wrong.
Thanks Reggie. I genuinely appreciate everyone who takes the time to read and comment, but it's true that some fans tend to lose their perspective sometimes. Hockey analytics is a new field and it's up to us to put it in ways that make sense. It's a work in progress.